400 Followers Giveaway!

31 July 2010

So wow! I finally reached 400 followers today! I'm so super excited! Thank you everyone! I'm so happy ^_^ To celebrate I am giving away a slightly used hardcopy of Beautiful Creatures, and a used paperback of Bones of Faerie.

It's a "green" contest, so there'll be some green extra entries. The rules are as follows:
  • Must be a follower of Pages
  • For U.S./Canadian residents only (unless you are international and have a resident in the U.S. that is willing to ship to you)
  • This contest ends August 15, 2010
  • Must fill out this form
Thanks, hope you can enter!

A Couple of My Favorite Books+ Referral Contest

29 July 2010

A few of my most memorable, favorite books:
Rain is a girl of the Amazon tribe of women warriors, the daughter of Queen Alina, living in a time of blood and fear. As the future leader of her people, she must seek and hold fast to her inner warrior. But amid the horrors of the battlefield, Rain is startled and mystified by the first stirrings of mercy towards the enemy--men--within her. What she encounters along the poignant and harrowing path toward her destiny--a kind young man, a strange recurrent prophecy, and a condemned baby brother--lead her, against odds, to forge mercy, love, and peace.

Choose: A quick death and hell or slow poison and hell.
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so

Referral Contest
I was searching through Maria V. Synder's website when I came across this:

Recommend my book(s) to five friends/relatives/co-workers/strangers and you'll receive a signed copy of your choice from one of my published books (POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY, FIRE STUDY, STORM GLASS, SEA GLASS or INSIDE OUT). Just have your friends/relatives/co-workers/strangers email me at maria@mariavsnyder.com. Make sure all five include your name and the fact you mentioned my book(s) in their email. And make sure YOU email me your address so I can send out your special prize! Only one book per winner.

I need your help! Could you send Maria an e-mail saying that I referred you? If you could, I'd be happy to do the same for you! Just leave a comment telling me that you did!

1. Mel
2. The Golden Eagle
3. Cara
4. through the haze
5. Rowena


Upcoming Review + 395!

28 July 2010

I'm a Preferred Blogger! Seriously, that makes me feel very special! ^_^ I was contacted by Jessica at the CSN Promo Team (Again!) to do another review!
You already know about CSN and all, so I really don't have to tell you anything about it, do I?

Well, last time I got Prismacolor colored pencils and a drawing pad, but the colors were very limited, so I'm probably going to review a wider variety of color pencils. Mwhaha!
They have this awesome Zebra mechanical pencil that I'm using right now in my novel and a load of dining room furniture that look amazing!
I'll be posting the review as soon as possible! You really should check out CSN if you haven't already, I mean, it's like the Titan of all Furniture stuff.

Also, I'm so shocked to see that Pages has 395 followers! I remember when I had 100, how I freaked and spazzed out in happiness. So imagine how I feel at 395!!! Whopeee!!!!! I'm going to have a Green contest to celebrate once I reach 400 (a prettier number) followers! Also, I have 5 people signed up for Green Extravaganza (starting August 9th) If you want to participate (please do!) Sign up here! (You must post on August 9th, I made a mistake on the form, sorry)

Thanks for reading!

Book Sale + Trade!

23 July 2010

I don't have a lot of books. I only have one shelf full, but I don't read them again after once. Well, only my favourite ones, and my favourite parts in my favourite ones. And so I have some that I'm ready to sell (because I need the money) and some that I'm going to trade (because they're ARCS)
U.S. and Canada Only!
For Sale: (doesn't include shipping. You have to pay for shipping, which is around $3.99)
Bones of Faerie $4 (paperback) ~the cover is kind of damaged~Crispin: The End of Time, Avi- $7 (hardback) ~like new~My Invented Life- $6 (hardback) ~little, centimeter inch tear in bottom of corner, but otherwise, like new!~
Happyface- $7 (hardback) ~like new!~
The Lonely Hearts Club- $7 hardback ~like new~Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules- $4 (paperback) ~slightly used~Julie of the Wolves Treasury- $4 ~slightly used~Now, for trade are ARC's! If you have any book that you think I'd like and would like to trade, here are the books up for trade:

ARC of Conspiracy of Kings
ARC of Dear Anjali
ARC of How To Say Goodbye in Robot
MAYBE an ARC of Darklight

Payment will be done through Paypal and shipping might be around $3.99 (which is why I'm selling the books for less, because the books plus the cost of shipping is the actual sale price of the book)

If you'd like to buy (WHOPEE!) or trade (Oooooh!) then please e-mail me at raokiki6(at)gmail(dot)com

But if you're not buying or trading, please spread the word!

Green Extravaganza!

22 July 2010

Thanks to the amazing support I've gotten from my previous post on Green contests! I thought that maybe I'd follow Bookworming in the 21st Century and The Neverending Shelf with their Book Extravaganza idea by doing a Green Extravaganza!

  1. Must fill out this form to participate
  2. Must post contest on August 9th.
  3. Prizes can be anything
  4. The entries must be green-related (must help save energy and the environment)
  5. You can have as many extra entries as you want
  6. Contests must end on August 14th
  7. You must have your own Rules easily visible for your contest. We suggest using Bold or larger lettering for this section of your post. Rules should include your extra entries, where you will ship to, and any contest or privacy policies.
  8. (Optional) Post about what you're doing to go green and why you want to!
Examples of extra entries:
  • Did you unplug 5 plugs in your house? +2
  • Did you replace a normal light bulb with a fluorescent light bulb in your house? +2
  • Do you turn off your computer at night? +2
  • Do you take shorter showers?+2
  • Do you pay your bills online?+2
  • Do you wrap your presents creatively? (using old newspapers or magazine print)+2

Need ideas?
Greenpeace- Take Action
The Daily Green Tips
Green Guide

Green Books and Green contests!!

21 July 2010

So, having a terribly awful dream last night (about climate change and the end of the world and all) I'm now inspired to start a revolution! (You inspired me, Katniss!)

Would you like it if publishing companies started printing their books with recycled paper? I would. I'm planning on writing to them and asking, but of course, that would require linking to small companies that recycle paper. I'm not good at finding those kind of things.

Also, would you like it if contests around the blogosphere asked you to, say, "Wash your laundry at the coldest time of day" or "Did you plant a seed or tree in your backyard" or "Contact your garbage company and ask for recycling bins"? I think bribing bloggers to go green with contests and giveaways are a great idea. I'm starting today with my Linger contest, to unplug 5 plugs in your house.
Because items are always drawing in energy, even if they're not being used. Like your cell phone charger or battery chargers. Even though your done using them, it still pulls and wastes energy.

So what do you think?

Linger Tour: Interview + Giveaway!

20 July 2010

Thanks to Samantha Grefe from Scholastics for working out the interview and giveaway!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a neurotic writer and musician with slightly anarchistic tendencies. I like cookie dough, dogs, and John Singer Sargent. I live with my fantastic husband and two kids in Virginia. Oh yeah, and I have a 1973 Camaro named Loki. Is that enough?

How do you manage to make your writing poetic while still keeping it into young adult literature?

Well, I -- I’m trying to think of how to answer this. I write for me, first of all. So the stories come out of the faucet with a 28 year old Maggie as their intended audience. What that says about me, I’m not sure. But the other thing is this: I don’t believe in dumbing down YA literature. I don’t think there’s a specific prose level that is YA appropriate. If I feel like using a 40 point word in my novels, I go ahead and use it. I write for upper teens and they’re basically adults. They are ready to handle just about everything you throw at them, and if they’re not, they’re quite willing to find out how to handle it.

What’s your favorite thinking place?

In my car. All of my good ideas happen when I’m going over 65 miles per hour.

Where or what is your inspiration for creating the characters?

I steal from everyone and everything. Some of the characters explore things about me, some of them explore my friends, some explore random people, and most are actually a combination of all of those. That’s one of the things I love about being able to write a short story every month for Merry Sisters of Fate (www.merryfates.com) -- I can try on a different character without having to make the commitment of an entire novel.

Is there a message you want to get out to your readers?

Fight. Never settle. If you want to be a race car driver, get out there and drive cars. If you want to be a novelist, write your butt off. Don’t let excuses and the real world get in your way.

I really loved all the replies, especially the last one. ^_^
So the giveaway, right? Well, thanks to Scholastic, I have one finished copy to giveaway to one lucky winner!
  • Must be a follower of Pages
  • Must be a resident of the U.S. only (sorry!)
  • Must fill out this form
  • Ends August 4, 2010
Visit Pure Imagination and A Good Addiction and Allison's Book Marks for their Linger contests (as part of the blog tour)

Weekly Wrap Up (9)

18 July 2010

Wow! So this week on my blog, all I did was review Cleopatra's Daughter. Lately, I've been wondering about what I should post about. I have a bunch of ideas, but I don't want to bore anyone!

On my affiliates blogs:

Liz has some very good questions to ask her followers and a lot of other people. Drop by an answer them if you want!

Brent has a load of books in his mailbox that I so want! Why do I have to go on budget?

Precious interviewed the lovely Anastasia Hopcus, author of Shadow Hills.

Cate interviewed author Steph Bowe (who's just 18 and already an author! I want to be one soo bad!)

On my personal blog, I talked about my fear and writing!

So that's about it! Great week, right?

Review: Cleopatra's Daughter

14 July 2010

Title: Cleopatra's Daughter
Author: Michelle Moran
Stars: 4.9
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
Pages: 411
Type: Young Adult to Adult

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two– the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra’s Daughter. Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters: Octavia, the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra; Livia, Octavian's bitter and jealous wife; Marcellus, Octavian’s handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir apparent; Tiberius, Livia’s sardonic son and Marcellus’s great rival for power; and Juba, Octavian’s watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals.

Selene’s narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place–the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the times. She dines with the empire’s most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority.
My thoughts:
I have to say that no one writes historical fiction like Michelle Moran. She's like, my hero when it comes to HF books. I'm a crazy fan of her other two books, Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen (personally, my favorite is The Heretic Queen) She sticks as close as possible to the actual historical facts, and to me, I think her books are the best type of history textbooks! ^_^
Cleopatra's Daughter didn't tie as closely as Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen did, but it still involved Egyptian history!
Oh yeah, and I want to thank Michelle for sending me a signed hardcopy! Now, the review:

Beginning: Right into action, tense and exciting: an ideal start to a promising book!

Middle: Rome always involves so much drama! And boy was there drama (mostly political) It's like being slapped in the face with shock and adventure over and over again (To the point where it leaves a red print in your skin) The pace of the story was even, not too fast and not too slow. Love it!

End: NOOOOOOO!!! Well-written but super tragic and absolutely awful (event-wise) Why? I mean, the death of somone so important and the most unlikely marriage of Selene to ____! The ending was the biggest slap in the face!
(note: It was mentally painful, I'm using "slapping" as a figurative metaphor. No slapping was involved in the reading of this novel. I promise ^_^)

Characters: Hmm....oddly enough there wasn't really that much characterization, which I think is key, yet somehow the story ended up being really good! It must be the historical facts that covered it up...The characters were just there!
Now, Alexander Helios (don't you love that name? So grand, rolls of your tongue like a cloud) was the image of a perfect brother! It makes me wish I had a twin brother! He was kind, loving, understanding and *always there for Selene* (really?!)

Overall: Michelle Moran paints a beautifully, colourfully, rich ancient world using ink and paper. Cleopatra's Daughter took me away into the past like a time-machine!

Conclusion: Must-read! Seriously, in case you haven't noticed, this novel is uh-mazing!


11 July 2010

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya:
This manga has taught me a LOT, being my first ever manga that I've ever read completly. The characters came alive, for real. It's as if they're alive in the real world, instead of the world of fiction and paper.
The dialouge was HILARIOUS! And the dialouge + drawings made my day. But the dialouge, some, is actually meaningful. A lesson. Quoted roughly from Gure-san:
"What Akito doesn't understand is that if there is someone who can cause the scars, then there is someone who can heal them"
Over all the volumes of Fruits Basket I came to grow, care, and love the characters as close friends.
Seeing them change and grow and move on is really emotional for me, I felt so nostaglic and sad when I read the last page. When I read the words "The End"
I like how Natsuki Takaya made every character important, made every character have a story. In ways, she reminds me of J.K. Rowling.
Now, I own 2 Ultimate Edition Fruits Basket books (2 and 3) and when I look back and real, I feel like I'm looking into the far past Things have changed so much for the characters and I noticed things that I hadn't noticed before like how Haru calls Gure-san "Sensei" and all. I'm so sad yet so happy that I've had the pleasure of enjoying the humor and drama of Fruits Basket!

So yeah. My latest obsession is Manga. I'm now reading one called VB Rose and it's so sweet! I think I dig the high school romance ones over the action ones. See, in manga, there's no intense make-out scenes like in YA Lit, but heart-warming, ROMANTIC, and touching in a happy way.Normally, sad, tragic books touch you, but in these types of manga, the romantic happy parts touch you. Seriously, the dialouge is just...uh-mazing!!! So I'm waiting for the other volumes of VB Rose to come out and I'm LIVING to read it!!!! ~Sob~ WHY!!!???

What do you think? Should I review manga too, along with YA books?

Oh-my-gosh, this is awful!!

08 July 2010

So have you heard the "rumors" that if you're an aspiring novelist and you have a book blog, then you're less likely to get an agent?
You may have seen posts about it, but what's the honest answer? I don't know. Here's some of the rumours:
  • Agents don't like bad reviews of books
  • You should only write positive reviews
And on my blog, I write an honest review of the books I read. But I try not to be mean, yet sometimes my fiery passion peeks through and it sounds awful.
If I read a book that I don't like, should I review it? I asked author Elana Johnson:

Hi Elana!
I'm a book blogger and an aspiring novelist, and there's been news on several blogs that being a book blogger would hurt your chances of getting published because agents don't like it! There's one post here and a few others that I don't have the link to, but I'm freaking out! Could you help me? You probably already wrote a post about this...so I may be blind ^_^

Hi Kirthi,

I have no idea why an agent wouldn't like this. I think agents are really only interested in one thing: finding a book they can sell to an editor. If you have one of those, and the blog is an issue, I think it would come up at that time. I agree that if you want to be a writer, you have to support other writers. I just started a group of book-reviewing writers today on my blog. We're only doing positive things. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

Now, as a book blogger, it's sort of your job to give the good, bad, and ugly. I suppose that's something you'll just have to weigh. If you want to continue doing that, you might consider doing it anonymously. And then open a personal blog under your real name that is all about supporting writers. Just a thought.

Hope this helps!

:) E (Elana)

Do you think I should go anonymous on Pages, or make this a "good book review site" and make another blog about the "bad reviews"? Or should I make a site that supports authors and their quests to get published?

My crush!

07 July 2010

I've been thinking about posting about my crush(es), but that would seem obsessive, hehe. You all already know I love Johnny Depp ~sigh~ but I also have had a SECRET crush!
Now don't judge me, but my secret crush is.....

Jesse Tuck from Tuck Everlasting (a book by Natalie Babbit)! He's kind of ugly in real life, but in some pictures he looks good.

So Jonathon Jackson (Jesse) is my summer crush, and secret crush, but so is Johnny Depp! I can't decide!

Who would YOU pick??

Review: Other

05 July 2010

Title: Other
Author: Karen Kincy
Stars: 4.9Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
Pages: 326
Genre: Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.

When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate-into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and-most importantly-stay alive.Remove Formatting from selection

My thoughts:
I've been waiting forever for this to arrive in the mail! A finished copy from Flux, who kindly offered it for me to read! Based on the summary, I didn't think Other would be so good, but I was so wrong!

Beginning: Wonderful! The starting cut down right to the point and romance. Yummy, as in deliciously good, as in triple-chocolate whipped cream fudge sundae good.
Middle: SO. MUCH. DRAMA. AND. ACTION! Could I really stop reading it? Well I had to for lunch, but other than thank, Other had a choking grip on me!

End: A fair, shocking, betrayal-slapped ending that was satisfying and complete. Which is odd, because there are going to be two other books that follow.

Pro: She was strong, valued friendship; Didn't want to cry even when she ends up crying
Con: She cries; She lets guys mistreat her; She has two guys pining over her

Tavian: Hot Asian guy? YAY! I've seen mostly hot cocasion guys with no ethnic diversity, but seeing Asians in this book makes me happy. Plus, I have this general belief that all Asian teenagers have the best sense of humor, and not-surprisingly, Tavian fits into my belief. ~Swoon~

Zack: Sweet, weak, and using. Sure, he's charming, but he's weak! Nobody likes weak characters! Strength is an admirable quality that Zach lacks (hehe, that rhymes) However, he did have his moments!

Overall: Rich and satisfying, Other is unlike any other (haha) paranormal fiction novel: A delicious read that's hard not to love!
Conclusion: Must read!

Also, how do you like MY cover for Other? (below) I love designing covers! Photo Credit

I'm BACK! (maybe)

01 July 2010

I'm in Florida right now and I'm enjoying it a LOT! I'm not home yet, but I will be. I just went and watched Avatar the Last Airbender in the theaters and it was not as amazing as it could've been, but the moves and the Chinese martial art (Buguazhang) was incredibly beautiful and I really wish I could bend elements like Aang. I used to watch the Nickolodean show when it came on, and from the looks of it, Avatar the Last Airbender is going to be split into several parts (seperate movies)

When I get back home, I'm going to check out some books at the library and try to learn Baguazhang, having experience in gymnastics, I might be able to learn it. Hopefully, I will! Even though I HATE dancing, I like Baguazhang and it'll be...cool. I'm interested in Zen too, and all Asian cultures. Being Hindu, some of the concepts will be easy to know.

Soooo yeah. Florida. Back on topic, there's a BUNCH of palm trees everywhere! My cousins are out right now (finally some peace and quiet) and I'm super bored and SO inspired by Airbender. ~sigh~ I wish.

You know that Jackson Rathbone, actor in the Twilight Saga, plays Sauka in The Last Airbender, hehe. I'm sort of disappointed that all characters where cocasian in the movie when they were supposed to be Asian and of different ethnicity, you know? BUT, I'm still happy!

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